Margaret "Peggy" (Bennett) Rodgers, 85, of New Milford, died Dec. 15, 2011, at Danbury Hospital.

Mrs. Rodgers was born Aug. 31, 1926, in Passaic, N.J., the eldest of three daughters of Robert H. and Margaret (Travell) Bennett.

She graduated from Ridgewood High School in New Jersey and received a bachelor of arts degree from Vassar College in 1947.

After marrying in 1951, she and her husband, Walter I. Rodgers, lived in Greenwich Village and later raised their family in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Acton, Mass., and Wilton.

Over the years, Mrs. Rodgers was an active volunteer for several organizations. Her accomplishments included founding a church nursery school in West Acton, Mass., being an active member of the Unitarian Church in Westport, acting as president of the Wilton American Field Service Chapter and the Wilton High School PTA and a leader for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.

While serving as a reference librarian in the Wilton Library she received a Library Technical degree from Norwalk Community College.

She enjoyed spending time at her family property in upstate New York with family and friends. She had a wonderful giggle and was a world-class hugger.

One of her great joys in life was traveling, which brought her to many corners of the world to visit her children and explore cultural and historic places.

Mrs. Rodgers had a life-long thirst for knowledge, was extremely well read, and was a whiz in family Trivial Pursuit matches.

She was sought out by many for her compassion and ability to provide wise counsel.

In addition to her husband of over 60 years, Mrs. Rodgers is survived by a son, Stephen T. Rodgers, of Brookfield, and his wife, Ann, and their daughters, Kary, and Rebecca; a son, William C. Rodgers, of Portsmouth, N.H., and his wife, Christina, and their sons, Jack, Andrew and Sam; a daughter, Janet R. Chandler, of Dorset, Vt., and her husband, David, and their children, James and Margaret; a daughter, Margaret R. Lidster, of Fletcher, Vt., and her husband, Edward, and their children, Abigail and Jackson; two sisters, Jocelyn B. Kelley, of Ridgefield, and Janice B. Galusza, of Hyannis, Mass.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society by calling 800-227-2345 or visiting; or to Vassar College by calling 845-437-7000 or visiting